Women's football: Mark Sampson demands repeat performance


Last Updated: 05/05/14 4:29pm

Mark Sampson: Wants repeat performance against Ukraine

England head coach Mark Sampson wants England to continue playing in the manner they did in the 9-0 drubbing of Montenegro in order to inspire the next generation of football talent.

Sampson's side created a staggering 46 attempts at goal and won 16 corners against the minnows in front of a crowd of almost 9,000 supporters at Brighton's Amex stadium last month.

England have made two changes to their squad ahead of Thursday's World Cup qualifying match in the Ukraine, with Manchester City striker Toni Duggan and Birmingham City captain Karen Carney both ruled out through injury.

Notts County midfielder Dunia Susi and Carney's club teammate Remi Allen both come in and Sampson said the performance against Montenegro has given his players the ideal platform to build on.

"We're really focused on how we can get people to games and inspire people to get behind this team," Sampson told Sky Sports.

"We're determined that this team become role models and becomes a team that in years to come young players can say they are the reason why they started playing.

"To do that it's more than winning matches.

"You have to play in a way that shows you have passion for the jersey, that shows you take pride in playing the game and you also have to play in a way that is positive and on the front foot.

"I thought we showed great courage to do that (against Montenegro). We showed some real quality and maintained our standards right till the end.

"It was an important victory first and foremost and the important thing, once we got the three points, was for us to entertain the crowd.

"I was really impressed with the group that week and even the subs who came off the bench who also contributed to the performance. We must now build on that against Ukraine."

Sampson became only the second permanent manager of the England Women's side when he succeeded Hope Powell who had spent 15 years in charge of the national team.

The 31-year-old insists his side is still very much a work in progress and revealed his long-term vision is to create an England side that can compete at the very highest level.

"It's going to take a long time to implement our philosophy to the extent that we want to, but we've made some good strides and in the Montenegro game a lot of those things came out," Sampson said.

"There are still a lot of things to work on and tweak - but in terms of the mentality of the players to embrace the things we've been talking about - they showed those qualities in abundance against Montenegro.

"We have some tougher challenges ahead of us and the courage of the players will need to shine through in those games.

"Sometimes you might be up against it but you need to stick to the plan and show your identity. We're determined to do that because we want to go into a major championships knowing that if we perform at our best, and the way we can, we can win matches."